A Reading by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

16 April 2024, Kavárna Na Boršově, Prague

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin reads from her latest collection, The Map of the World (2023), as well as some of her earlier work. The reading is introduced by Daniela Theinová. Hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies (Charles University) as part of the 2024 edition of the EFACIS Irish Itinerary supported by Culture Ireland.

St. Patrick’s Night 2024

15 March 2024, Kampus Hybernská, Prague

The highlight of our annual St. Patrick’s celebration was the launch of the long-awaited CD “Anord” by Conamara Chaos. The album was released into the world by the Ambassador of Ireland to the Czech Republic Alan Gibbons, together with the Director of the Centre for Irish Studies Ondřej Pilný. This video features music by Conemara Chaos, with special guest Jáchym Hájek, readings of works of Irish literature from medieval to contemporary in Czech translations by Ondřej Pilný, Daniela Theinová, Radvan Markus, Martin Světlík, Mariana Machová, Maxmilián Petr Filip and Markéta Novotná, as well as the launch of “Anord”.

Sara Baume – The Alphabet of Birds

26 October 2023, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague

In collaboration with the DOX, the Centre hosted a performance of Sara Baume’s multimedia essay “The Alphabet of Birds” followed by a post-show discussion with the author and her Czech translator, Alice Hyrmanová McElveen from DOX’s Gulliver airship.

A Reading by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

19 October 2023, Café Liberál, Prague

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh reads from her work, accompanied by her translators into Czech, Daniela Theinová, Martin Světlík and Adéla Černá. Hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies (Charles University) as part of the 2023 edition of the EFACIS Irish Itinerary supported by Culture Ireland.

BRENDAN BEHAN AT 100: Legacy and New Directions

23-24 June 2023

Marking the centenary of the birth of Brendan Behan, the Centre hosted a conference aimed to reconsider the rich literary legacy of the outstanding author, playwright and rebel. Keynote speakers were Professor John Brannigan (UCD) and Dr Deirdre McMahon (radio, TV and film producer and documentary maker), and the conference featured an evening of music associated with Behan, his work and his life.

A Reading by Seán Hewitt

14 December 2022, Café Na Boršově, Prague

Seán Hewitt, one of the foremost young Irish authors, reads from his poetry collection Tongues of Fire (2020) and his autobiography All Down Darkness Wide (2022). The reading is introduced by Daniela Theinová, with Czech translations by Lenka Liebichová, Martin Světlík, and Daniela Theinová.


Ulysses 100: A Tribute to Aloys Skoumal

15 June 2022

Celebrating the centenary of James Joyce’s Ulysses, we pay tribute to translator Aloys Skoumal (1904–1988), sharing the story of how he rendered the novel into Czech at a time of robust communist censorship. This short programme is part of the Ulysses100 project developed by the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) in partnership with the Government of Ireland.

St Patrick’s Day Celebration 2022

5 May 2022

A recording of a sean-nós performance by Lillis Ó Laoire from the Centre for Irish Studies 2022 St Patrick’s Day celebration at Kampus Hybernská, Prague.

EFACIS 2021 Conference: Interfaces and Dialogues

1-4 September 2021

Hosted online by the Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, Prague.

Conference Committee: Ondřej Pilný, Clare Wallace, Radvan Markus, Daniela Theinová, Justin Quinn, James Little

Keynote SpeakersLian Bell (Dublin), Louis de Paor (National University of Ireland, Galway), Mary McAuliffe (University College Dublin), Maeve Stone (Dublin), Gavan Titley (Maynooth University)

Participating ArtistsKateřina García and Liam Ó Maonlaí (music), Ailbhe Ní GhearbhuighAilbhe Darcy and Louis de Paor (poetry), Pat CollinsAlan Gilsenan and Gillian Marsh (documentary film)

Conference Manager: Marie Gemrichová

Student Assistants: Klára Hutková, Nathalie Lamprecht, Katrina Trompak

The conference was part of the European Regional Development Fund project “Creativity and Adaptability as Conditions of the Success of Europe in an Interrelated World” (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_019/ 0000734), is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland, and organised in partnership with the Irish Film Institute.

The conference was opened by H.E. Cliona Manahan, Ambassador of Ireland to the Czech Republic.


Conversation on Curating Literature in an Art Space & Readings by Celebrated Irish Authors and Their Czech Translators

19 May 2021

Organized by DOX Centre for Contemporary Art and Centre for Irish Studies (Charles University Prague) in partnership with MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland.

Supported by the ESP Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland.

University College Dublin (UCD) and the National Library of Ireland (NLI) have teamed up to create a new museum that celebrates the literary heritage of Ireland and pays homage to Ireland’s modern and contemporary writers. MoLI  – Museum of Literature Ireland was launched in September 2019 and with its multi-media exhibitions, digital displays, a range of specially commissioned films, an online radio channel, learning programmes, and a brand new online platform featuring 100 Irish books published in the last decade, it makes a remarkable addition to Ireland’s literary scene. Meet MoLI in a conversation on curating literature in an art space followed by readings from award-winning Irish authors and their Czech translators.

ON AIR: MoLI Museum of Literature Ireland is the first of a series of online conversations aired from the Gulliver Airship at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague featuring exciting projects from around the globe that bring together art and literature.


Simon O’Connor, Director (MoLI)
Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Digital Curator (MoLI)
Margaret Kelleher – Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama (University College Dublin)

Featured authors:

Doireann Ní Ghríofa
Sara Baume
Mike McCormack
Caitríona O’Reilly


Alice Hyrmanová McElveen, Daniela Theinová, Ondřej Pilný

Hosted by:

Ondřej Pilný, Director (Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University Prague) and Michaela Šilpochová, Artistic Director (DOX Centre for Contemporary Art)

Lá ’le Pádraig 2021

Pro lepší náladu v této neveselé době natočil Kabinet irských studií videopořad u příležitosti svátku svatého Patrika. Vystupují zpěvák sean nós a profesor irštiny Lillis Ó Laoire (NUI Galway), kapela Conamara Chaos, své vesměs nové překlady z anglicky a irsky psané literatury 19.-21. století čtou Radvan Markus, Petra Johana Poncarová, Daniela Theinová, Martin Světlík a Ondřej Pilný.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!


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